Specialist Training Courses
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Tracking is an age old tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation to assist the hunter in finding its prey. From our perspectives tracking, as a skill, hasn’t changed a single bit however the difference now isn’t what we’re tracking but more the case of who you are tracking. Whether you might be tracking an animal for conservation reasons or whether you’re tracking the enemy, find them you will.
“Never go beyond the last known spoor” – David Scott-Donelan
Our training techniques stems from not only the literature and the science of the tracking but also from the experiences gained by the individuals that have lived in the areas, the individuals that have been tracking for survival and our own experience as working as APU (anti-poaching unit) rangers.
Whether you’re in field, bush, forest or mountainous area and the tables have turned against you, the instinct to stay alive kicks in. You’ve had your fight but now it’s time for flight, you rely on the skill of counter tracking to ensure that the enemy that is pursuing you, don’t manage to catch you.
“All creatures are deserving of a life free from fear and pain” – Maura Cummings
We know that every second counts, every step counts and most importantly that every moment you have to evade is a moment you have to stay alive. For that reason, we took experiences, we took science and we took actual accounts and formulated this training program to assist and aid in not only being able to evade but also see the signs of it.
Practical Field First Aid
During any operational theatre there are risks involved and there is a possibility of injury. Not only to yourself but to your fellow squad members as well. It is at a time like that when knowing how to manage the situation is just as crucial as managing the patient itself.
“With the world set on tearing itself apart, it don’t seem like such a bad thing to me to want to put a little bit of it back together” – Pvt Desmond T. Doss (Hacksaw Ridge)
It is our goal to teach you not only to be able to manage the injured but also to be situationally aware with what is around you so that you could assist and utilise what is on the battlefield to ensure your team mate gets out alive and lives to tell the tale. We’ve taken the personal accounts of injuries suffered and coupled them with the concept of first aiding and made this course ideal for all to act as recovery aiders.
As we the world is getting smaller by the day and we’re able to travel farther than ever before, either it being for leisure or because we need to fight on a different terrain every time, surviving the elements will always be an instinctive reaction.
“Survival can be summed up in three words, Never Give Up. That’s the heart of it really. Just keep trying” – Bear Gryll
We’ve taken the most basic forms of survival and applied them in this course so that no matter the circumstances you are found in, that you will be able to carry the knowledge and the skill to keep yourself alive when you are alone or to ensure the survival of your team mates. Realistic scenarios have been used and real-life survival stories have forged the way for us to teach others on bush crafting.
Animal Spoor Identification
Whether you are working as a Game Ranger, a Field Guide or Combative and you find yourself in an area where you would either would need to avoid dangerous game, track injured game or you need to find food for survival purposes, identifying and utilising the information natures provides will assist you to reach your goal.
“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book” – Sir David Attenborough
We’ve taken the science of animals, personal experience working as APU and nature lovers ourselves and combined all the information you might need to be able to see the map of nature around you. Taken directly from fellow rangers, from guides and the locals that live in the areas, you will be able to see a whole new world with the animals around us to notice the spoor, see the walking patterns and analyse the route. Knowing this of animals will open your eyes and open your perspective to game.
Long Range Marksmanship
Understanding the concept and the fundamentals of marksmanship is the start and the foundation of being able to shoot long range. Whether you are working as a tactical response officer, professional hunter, game ranger or even as an individual that’s a keen hunter the concept and fundamentals will always stay the same for that one well-placed shot on target.
“A good shot must necessarily be a good man since the essence of good marksmanship is self-control and self-control is the essential quality of a good man” – Theodore Roosevelt
We’ve taken our own experiences as task-force marksman, qualified long distance marksman and the years’ worth of knowledge. Combining that with internationally used text books to formulate our own material that explains all the variable aspects from the basics being that of firing positions, breathing and leading, to the more advanced aspects such as Mildot calculations, factoring in wind and weather. Skill, discipline, and practice aren’t the only things you will need. Our knowledge and experience is the key to open the door to that ever elusive long range shot.
Close Quarter Combat
CQC is the acronym for Close Quarter Combat (also sometime referred to as H2H – Hand to Hand). Close combat is as old as man – from the very first we have fought each other for food, territory or personal gain. We offer training using the same principals as Fairburn & Sykes: Simple, Effective & Devastating techniques, with a mindset of attack, rather than defence.
“There is no possible victory in defence, the sword is more important than the shield…” – John Steinbeck
CQC (or any hand to hand combat or self-defence type training) should be practiced over a period of time (although the techniques taught can be applied effectively almost immediately). The development of hand-eye-coordination, physical conditioning, neurological development and the winning mindset does take a couple of weeks to reach effective levels (varies from person to person), hence why we offer a self-study manual with over 300 images, that can be used every day to perfect the technique.